City resident Marcie Jan Bronstein put finishing touches on her crosswalk art titled "Flow to the Sea" May 25, as people passing by gazed at her design.

Bronstein said her artwork was one of five designs chosen by Our Town Belfast as a way to increase visibility and safety while creating a unique street tapestry across the city. In all, more than 30 submissions were received, she said.

The Republican Journal spoke to Bronstein Tuesday, as the artist completed her artwork and placed cones on Main Street.

Bronstein's son, Noah Fishman, lent a hand painting the crosswalk and also recorded a time-lapse video of the process. "I encourage everyone to watch it," she said. The video will be available on Our Town Belfast's website in the near future.

Fishman said it has been a collaborative effort. "First we taped it all down, then we painted the pathway," he said. The design's many colorful dots, he said, were all improvised.

"Right now we are just waiting for the paint to dry," Bronstein said. A Belfast resident for 25 years, she has been involved in teaching and art throughout the years.

At first, she said, she was hesitant to submit a design for the competition. It was not until her brother-in-law encouraged her that she had a "flash" of creativity.

The competition prompted artists to use the theme "as unique as Belfast," in their designs. Bronstein said she incorporated the crosswalk as part of her design because  "the lines are super-cool," she said.

"I created a path evocative of a wave," she said. "To me it is the heart of the spirit of Belfast."

According to a press release from Our Town Belfast, a community group that supports the city's business district, the agency applied and was awarded a $5,000 Maine Expansion grant by the Maine Community Foundation. The effort aimed to install artwork in five of the city’s downtown crosswalks. The five selected artists each received a $600 stipend for design and installation.

The other artists selected to paint their designs on city crosswalks include Annadeene Fowler of Belfast, Kristyne Sanderson of Belfast, Ashley Megquire of Belmont, and Samantha Maheu of Searsmont.

"Hopefully kids will walk, hop and dance down my walkway," Bronstein said.